Chinese smartphone company, Honor, has announced the release of Android 9 Pie update for Honor Play and Honor 8X in India. Furthermore, the company has announced that Honor Play will receive Android Q update as well. Android Q is yet to be released and is currently in its fourth beta. The latest Android 9 update comes bundled with EMUI 9.1. Improvements include better UI Design, Gesture Based Navigation, GPU Turbo 3.0, all-new EROFS (Extendable Read-Only File System), and Advanced Battery management among other features. The new update package rolls out in batches starting this week. Also Read - Honor Friendship Days sale: Honor View20 at Rs 25,999 and more offers on Honor Play
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The latest update reduces SoC (System-on-Chip) power consumption during gameplay by up to 10 percent. The all-new EROFS improves app speed, fluidity and smoothness. It apparently increases random read performance by an average of 20 percent, app start-up speed by 10 percent. The data reading performance in a low-memory condition, and the security of system files have also been improved. For the gamers, EMUI 9.1 on Android 9 Pie update covers GPU Turbo 3.0, adds support for 25 games globally. These include PUBG, ASPHALT 9, NBA 2K19, Mobile Legends, Fortnite, FIFA Mobile and Modern Combat 5.
Honor Play: Specifications
Honor Play comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ LCD display, Kirin 970 SoC coupled with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, dual-camera setup (16-megapixel+2-megapixel) at the back, and a 16-megapixel selfie camera up front. The device also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a 3,750mAh battery under the hood.
Honor 8X specifications
The Honor 8X comes with a 6.5-inch full-HD+ screen with 91 percent of screen-to-body ratio. The smartphone offers a 3,750mAh battery. It comes with dedicated slots for two SIMs as well as a microSD card for expandable storage. The device comes with HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC under the hood. This Honor phone comes with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
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The handset also sports a dual-camera setup at the rear, with a 20-megapixel primary sensor. It is paired with a 2-megapixel secondary sensor, along with a 16-megapixel front camera. Charging is through a micro-USB port, with no support for fast charging out-of-the-box. The phone is the successor to the Honor 7X, which was launched in India in late 2017.